Krumpe's 5K: 'Time to make a donut run'

August 09, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |

Runners and walkers surely will work up an appetite while participating in the first Krumpe’s Donut Alley Rally 5K on Friday evening.

But they won’t leave hungry.

The 5K starts and ends at Krumpe’s Do-Nut Shop at 912 Maryland Ave. in Hagerstown. Registration begins at 6 p.m., the 3.1-mile run/walk starts at 7:30 and the donut eating commences at the finish line.

“We just kind of want a theme like, ‘Time to make a donut run,’” said Max Krumpe, the shop’s operations manager. “We’ll have all kinds of donuts for them to eat and try.”

The Krumpe’s 5K, which has an entry fee of $25, will be a rather unique event. While most running events are held on weekend mornings, this one is happening in prime time Friday.

“We wanted to do something that stood out, something that was different to get people excited,” Krumpe said. “We’re going to have a real big party. The Tonehounds are going to play. We’re going to be open all night long, and the band will play until 10 p.m.”

A week before the 5K, Krumpe said there already were 160 preregistered participants.

“We’re hoping for 200,” he said. “We’ve been trying to get the word out, and I think a lot of people are hearing it.”

Some of the area’s finest runners are expected to compete, including former Hagerstown Community College All-American Tony Clement, Williamsport High School state champion Evan Hardy and Masters (40-and-older) standout Rob Hovermale.

There will be cash prizes for the frontrunners and medals for the top age-group performers.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured military members.

“It’s a really good organization,” Krumpe said. “I know there are a lot of soldiers and veterans in the area, and this is a way to give back.”

He said the goal is to make the Krumpe’s 5K an annual event.

“We’re hoping for good things,” he said. “Hopefully people will get behind it, and it’s something we can do every year.”

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